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Priyanka received the Best Poster Award in the 2017 postdoctoral research day at the University of Miami

Priyanka received the Best Poster Award in the 2017 postdoctoral research day at the University of Miami

Priyanka won the first place at the Research Poster Competition during the postdoctoral research day at the University of Miami. In her poster, Priyanka presented the progress on her ongoing research on the role of proteins OBGH1 and 2 on the assembly of human mitochondrial ribosomes. Her research topic, results, and presentation skills were considered as the best among […]

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Rui wins the best poster presentation award during the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Day at the University of Miami

Rui wins the best poster presentation award during the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Day at the University of Miami

During the BMB Research Day at the University of Miami, Rui successfully presented the progress in her research project entitled: Assembly pathway of the yeast mitochondrial ribosome large subunit.   She was awarded the first prize for best presentation.

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Dr. Antoni Barrientos Receives Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award from NIH

Dr. Antoni Barrientos Receives Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award from NIH

Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D., professor of neurology, has received a highly prestigious Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA), or R35 award, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The five-year grant, totaling more than $4.5 million, consolidates three RO1 awards and gives Barrientos the status of “NIH investigator.” […]

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Andrea published a paper in Microbial Cell in collaboration with Dr. Grace R. Zhai

Andrea published a paper in Microbial Cell in collaboration with Dr. Grace R. Zhai

We used yeast and fly models of polyglutamine diseases to study how enhancement  of mitochondrial function affords suppression of polyglutamine-induced cytotoxicity in the context of stress and aging.

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Dasmanthie and Ya-Ting graduated

Dasmanthie and Ya-Ting graduated

Dasmanthie De Silva graduated in December 2015 and Ya-Ting Tu in March 2016. They are now following postdoctoral training at Berkley and Stanford, respectively.

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Our lab is moving to NRB

Our lab is moving to NRB

Our labs are moving next week (9/25/15) to fully renovated space in the Neurology Research building (NRB) in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In the campus map, our current building is marked with a blue cross and the new building with a red cros. Our official new address will be soon available.

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Two review articles published

Two review articles published

Our lab has recently published review articles on two different topics. A review on “Mitochondrial Ribosome Assembly in Health and Disease” by Dasmanthie De Silva, Flavia Fontanesi, Ya-Ting Tu, Alexey Amunts and Antoni Barrientos was published in Cell Cycle. A review on “Caloric restriction, Mitochondrial Function and Aging” was published in BBA-Bioenergetics.

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Zoe Cosner presents at the SUS Symposium

Zoe Cosner presents at the SUS Symposium

Zoe Cosner is an University of Miami undergraduate performing research in our laboratory with the support of the College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Program for Underrepresented Minorities & Women (CAS) program. She has been working directly under the mentorship of Dr. Flavia Fontanesi, a Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. On […]

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Manuscript published in Cell reports by Ya-Ting Tu

Manuscript published in Cell reports by Ya-Ting Tu

The manuscript entitled “The Human Mitochondrial DEAD-Box Protein DDX28 Resides in RNA Granules and Functions in Mitoribosome Assembly” by Ya-Ting Tu and Antoni Barrientos will be published in Cell Reports online on Feb 12 and on paper on Feb 17, 2015.

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Andrea Lynema presents a poster at the Neuroscience Research Day

Andrea Lynema presents a poster at the Neuroscience Research Day

Hosted by UM’s Neuroscience Graduate Program, the 23rd Annual Neuroscience Research Day took place on Friday, November 7 to showcase and promote neuroscience in South Florida and provide a venue for current and future neuroscientists to share ideas and develop networking opportunities. Andrea is a student from the Neuroscience graduate program and presented a poster […]

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Manuscript Publication in <em>The FASEB Journal</em> by Dr Jingjing Liu.

Manuscript Publication in The FASEB Journal by Dr Jingjing Liu.

A mitochondrial CO2-adenylyl cyclase-cAMP signalosome controls yeast normoxic cytochrome c oxidase activity” by Ken C. Hess, Jingjing Liu J, Manfredi G, Mühlschlegel FA, Buck J, Levin LR and Antoni Barrientos. Dr Jingjing Liu obtained her PhD in the lab in 2013 and is currently following postdoctoral training at Duke University. Mitochondria respond to changes in […]

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Manuscript Publication in <em>Human Molecular Genetics</em> by Dr. Myriam Bourens

Manuscript Publication in Human Molecular Genetics by Dr. Myriam Bourens

“Human COX20 cooperates with SCO1 and SCO2 to mature COX2 and promote the assembly of cytochrome c oxidase” by Myriam Bourens, Boulet A, Leary SC, and Antoni Barrientos. We have used small interference RNA and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) technology to create knockdown and knockout human cell lines, respectively, to study the function of […]

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Dr. Iliana Soto, Dr. Myriam Bourens and Dr. Antoni Barrientos presented posters at the Euromit meeting in Tempere (Finland)

Dr. Iliana Soto, Dr. Myriam Bourens and Dr. Antoni Barrientos presented posters at the Euromit meeting in Tempere (Finland)

The posters presented highlighted our research on the assembly of mitochondrial respiratory chain enzymes and biogenesis of the mitochondrial ribosomes in yeast and human cells.

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Dr. Flavia Fontanesi receives The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Stanley J. Glaser Research Award, which honors Miller School’s Rising Stars

Dr. Flavia Fontanesi receives The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Stanley J. Glaser Research Award, which honors Miller School’s Rising Stars

The Stanley J. Glaser Foundation Research Awards are intended to provide seed dollars for young investigators and position them to compete successfully for major federal grants.

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Dr. Flavia Fontanesi receives a Research Grant from the American Heart Association (AHA)

Dr. Flavia Fontanesi receives a Research Grant from the American Heart Association (AHA)

Dr. Fontanesi has received a 4-year grant to study the assembly of mitochondrial respiratory chain enzymes in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Dasmanthie De Silva receives an extension of her Pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association (AHA)

Dasmanthie De Silva receives an extension of her Pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association (AHA)

Following two years of work, Dasmanthie has obtained a 3rd-year renewal of her fellowship to study the role of the DEAD box helicase Mrh4 in mitoribosome assembly.

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